What can I say about Steve Budd? Only that his one-man show is terrific! It’s poignant, honest, and laugh out loud funny.
What They Said About Love is especially pertinent in that Valentine’s Day is coming up. Still, the question is there when one meets a couple: How did you two meet? Dressed simply in a shirt and dark slacks, actor, writer, stand-up comic, storyteller and teacher, Steve Budd related to a packed house how he spent countless hours interviewing at least a dozen couples on how they found lasting love. He opens his monologue confessing that at age 50, he decided it was his turn. He hies himself off to Mexico where, he says, he was certain he’d found THE ONE: a blind date set up by a friend. Through voice and movement, he makes her real. We see her. As he talks about the progress of their relationship, he seamlessly interjects the experiences of the couples he had interviewed, through vocal inflections and physical postures as he moves from a chair to a black cube (a staple set piece for small theatres). Couples who still wonder how they ended up together when they literally had nothing in common- cats? No cats. Or later discover habits that irritate the hell out of each other: Promises to fix things that never get fixed. Relationships are based on give and take. He gives us examples of some going awry when one or the other takes more than gives which he cleverly illustrates. Why he has a hard time finding love himself, he shows us, stems from his father and softball; a therapist gives him a mantra and gesture to use when stressed during misunderstandings between himself and his almost fiance. Does he eventually succeed? Find out by enjoying Steve Budd’s show at the Marsh in Berkeley through March 3; Fri @ 8, Sat 8:30. 2120 Allston @ Shattuck, a step away from BART. In this work, Steve Budd surely joins the pantheon of monologists from Spalding Gray, Dan Hoyle, Anne Galjour, to Don Reed and Anna Deavere Smith